COUNT­DOWN IS ON

Stan­thorpe pre­pares for SWL sea­son

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT - MATTHEW PUR­CELL

THE clock is quickly wind­ing down un­til the Toowoomba Foot­ball League re­sumes.

Stan­thorpe is set to com­pete in the men’s pre­mier di­vi­sion, with the first game on July 12.

But coach Brad Rubb said they re­ally needed to get some more bod­ies in to fill out the squad if they were to be as com­pet­i­tive as they could be.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity that you might not ever get again,” Rubb said.

“If any­one is in­ter­ested, you need to con­tact me by the end of the week.”

Rubb said it was im­por­tant they headed to the league with the best play­ers the Gran­ite Belt had to of­fer.

“From what I’ve seen of foot­ball in Stan­thorpe the last five or so years is we’ve got the tal­ent, we just need to get them on the pad­dock.”

While Stan­thorpe, a town of 5000 peo­ple, will go up against Toowoomba, a city of 130,000, Rubb said he wouldn’t take a team if he didn’t have faith they could shake up the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’ll be per­ceived as the poor cousin at the start but I think it won’t take long be­fore they re­alise we’re there for busi­ness.”

He said the team needed at least an­other half a dozen play­ers to fill out the ros­ter.

“I think if this op­por­tu­nity passes us by it’ll be some­thing peo­ple re­gret.”

Bal­lan­dean Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Neil New­man knows ex­actly what the Toowoomba league is all about.

He was part of the last team to com­pete in the league back in the early 1990s, play­ing firstly for Bal­lan­dean in the com­pe­ti­tion and then a sea­son with In­ter­na­tional Club.

“It took us by sur­prise at first and we’d won­dered what we’d got­ten our­selves in for,”

New­man said.

“But we made the semis ev­ery year. We re­ally en­joyed our­selves, re­ally en­joyed the team bond­ing, loved the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think it might take the guys a cou­ple games to get go­ing, but then they’ll show their true colours.”

The coach of the last team to com­pete in Toowoomba,

Frank Ar­cidi­a­cono, said the com­pe­ti­tion was a great op­por­tu­nity for play­ers.

“I don’t know the cir­cum­stances of how it came about back then but on the whole it was a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence – for me and for the boys.

“I think it’s the wish of ev­ery­one to see how far they can go,” Ar­cidi­a­cono said.

Rubb im­plored po­ten­tial play­ers to get on the phone to him.

“I guar­an­tee once you come to train­ing I can get you to buy into it. I don’t care what club you’re from or where you come from, we’ve got an op­por­tu­nity to put Stan­thorpe on the map when it comes to foot­ball,” he said.

To find out more, phone Rubb on 0439 850 502.

Pic­ture: Matthew Pur­cell

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Brad Rubb will coach the Stan­thorpe team in the men’s pre­mier di­vi­sion and (inset) an old ad­ver­tise­ment in the Bor­der Post from the early ’90s back when Bal­lan­dean played Wil­low­burn and In­ter Club played Rockville in the top Toowoomba men’s league.

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